Bryan's Posts About Being Human

Vermont’s Imperfect Ban on Socializing

A common sense explanation of Vermont’s latest policy on the pandemic: basically a ban on socializing.

A Tribute to Endangered Radio

My homage to WDEV: local, independent commercial (yeah, commercial) radio and why we need to support it.

Little Brown Butterflies and the Pandemic

Finding refuge from the coronavirus pandemic among rare brown butterflies and remote northern bogs.

Announcing: The Viral Spring

Your field guide to nature during the pandemic, with regular updates as we practice “distant socializing” (including in the wilds of our homes and back yards).

Butterflies in Tribute to Darwin and Lincoln

Butterflies in celebration of Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln, each born on this day 211 years ago.

Insects and Impeachment

Pygmy dragonflies, charismatic butterflies, atomic bombs and toxic politics.

Cheating Death

A moth, a carnivorous plant, a Barbara Kingsolver novel and its cover illustration launch me on a journey of natural history and mistaken identity.

Avocets and Hockey

A field biologist (and hockey fan) reviews the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra’s performance last night.

The 2019 Monarch Migration Report

The forecast this autumn calls for Monarchs — maybe even lots of them in some places.

The Extinction of Meaning

Now that the Trump administration has advanced its plan to weaken the Endangered Species Act, here’s my essay, first published at Medium.com, about our fading ties to wildlife and wild places. 

My Extra Hour in Nature

When the rest of America turns back its clocks this weekend, I’ll begin my plan to bend time and claim one wild and precious hour.

Life Expressed in Flight, Poetry and Music

At long last, we here in the north will launch into spring next week. I’ll celebrate with two events. I hope to see you at either one — or both. You’ll encounter butterflies, birds, poetry and music.